Six on Saturday – November Cheer

I am determined to remain upbeat for this week’s Six on Saturday.   Apparently, according to a memo I received this week from our mentor The Prop, it is important that we keep our happy faces on, given all that is going on at the moment.  And, as we all know, what The Prop wants, The Prop gets.  This morning’s result didn’t help.  Then I heard the story of the South African captain, Siya Kolisi, and my disappointment turned to love and respect.  There is always something there, something to turn things round.  We just have to look a little closer.

Shall we kick off with the psychedelic partnership of Begonia ‘Glowing Embers’ and Fuchsia hatschbachii.  Both were distinctly underwhelming earlier in the season.  The same can not be said for them now.  Planted in a collapsing half barrel in the frozen north, they get absolutely no direct sun now.  Do they care?  Not likely!

Next we have Jacaranda mimosifolia grown from Mallorcan seed.  It has had a good summer outside, growing well all things considered.  Last week I moved it to the waiting room, just outside the back door.  Soon it will be moved inside for a winter sojourn away from the elements, attempting to inflict a little class on the spider plants.

Onto nasturtium and friend.  I have reached the time of the year when I say “oh, bless its little cotton socks” rather than reaching for a brick.  This of course is very short sighted of me, they will return in droves to haunt me, punishing my soft heartedness.  You may have noticed by the attractive drops on the leaf that it is raining still.  On a day off I really don’t care.

Now an unknown penstemon, a cutting from a former client’s garden.  It has flowered all summer and is showing no sign of retiring from active duty.

The Lavandula pinnata has thrived this summer.  I really should have taken some cuttings but I didn’t so there is no point worrying now.  It is in a sunny, well drained spot, so the odds are stacked in its favour.  I may have just jinxed myself.

Finally, the exotic glamour of Impatiens flanaganae.  After a dramatic pause it has come into flower just in time to make number six.  Definitely worth the wait.

Not sure that was particularly cheery, but one does what one can, until the next time ….



Six on Saturday – Once More

Roscoea purpurea

It is the weekend again and what does that mean?  No not roller disco and pints of piña colada,  it means it is Six on Saturday time!  Thanks to The Propagator for hosting this meme.

Firstly we have Roscoea purpurea, it is a dark leaved variety so may well have another name. I’m afraid any label is lost in the jungle, but I may well come across it in the future.  I am a big fan of the ginger family and, if I was to be honest about it, I have too many for my tiny garden.  And if I lose their labels I’m not sure I deserve them.  But I won’t learn.  As you will see very soon.

I buy a lot of plants.   Most of these are for other people.  It is always enjoyable spending other people’s money but sometimes it is hard to let go of my purchases.  Occasionally they have to be prised out of my hands.  This week was different and I indulged myself with two new exotics, Globba schomburgkii and Hedychium ‘Pradhanii’.  Both in the ginger family.  Oops, here we go again!  There is nowhere for them to be planted out at the moment, but I don’t care.  They are mine, all mine! For the moment they will be quite happy to remain in pots, where I can keep a close and happy eye on them.  Here is the gorgeous globba.

Globba schomburgkii

Globba schomburgkii

In my mind it is hard to beat an osteospermum and this one is no exception.  An unnamed cheap and cheerful number, living in a pot outside my back door, it rewards me with a smile every morning.



Next we have Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’ which was a gift from my friend Torrington Tina.  Such a pure red, I love it.

Salvia 'Royal Bumble'

Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’

Now for a mystery rose.  It was in the garden when we arrived and has been a stalwart.   This particular bloom is a nice surprise after the main tranche of fllowering earlier in the summer.


Mystery Rose

Lastly we have a penstemon.  Another genus that I have a lot of admiration for.   This particular one comes from a cutting I took in one of my client’s gardens (with permission obviously).  It is tall and dark and moody.  Perhaps ‘Raven’.  Whatever its name, it is a great beauty.

Penstemon 'Raven'

Penstemon ‘Raven’ (perhaps)

Thanks again Mr P, that’s another Saturday Six sorted, now where did I leave my leg warmers …….